Gay Taipei Celebrates Chinese New Year

By @ 02/12/13 in Dining/food/wine, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Taipei, Travel
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Homey’s Café is well named

Our new Taipei correspondent, Allister Chang, wishes you a happy Chinese New Year and an auspicious Year of the Snake.

This upcoming snake year, Taipei boasts an appropriately seductive and ostentatious line-up of events. From now until early March, the Taipei Expo Park will host the city’s Lantern Festival, a traditional celebration of light that dates as far back as the 6th century. In June, hundreds of teams will race in the annual Dragon Boat Festival. In October, Taipei will host its 11th Gay Pride, as the first and largest Gay Pride in Asia.

Whether you come in 2013 to experience the colors of the Year of the Snake, or just swing by for a business trip, take advantage of the recent explosion of trendy gay cafés. Life is best enjoyed with Wifi and a good latte.

Here are Allister’s picks for Taipei’s top 5 gay-popular cafés.

Homey’s (2F., No.36, Lane 236, Sec.1, Dunhua S Rd; 02-2711-1519)

You won’t find a better dressed crowd in the city, drinking wine at 2PM with a novel, or smoking on the porch chatting with friends.  The gay owner intended for this to be a space to be spread through word of mouth, and apparently beautiful people like to tell beautiful people.

B Waffle (No. 138, Section 4, Shimin Blvd; 02 741 7500)

The gay owner packs the tall and narrow space with his sexy umph, with wood, leather, fur, and a handsome staff.  They only serve waffles and coffee.

H*ours Cafe (No. 12, Alley 8, Lane 210, Section 3, Luósīfú Rd; 02 2364 2742)

H*ours is located directly across the street from GinGin’s, Taipei’s gay & lesbian book store.  It’s a quiet spot where a lot of students from the nearby National Taiwan University come to read and play board games.  They are well stocked with gay magazines, and can also serve as a hub for any questions you have about gay travel in Taiwan.  The gay couple who owns H*ours welcomes you to “treat this space like your home.”

Perch (No. 20, Lane 30, Section 4, Xinyi Rd; 02-2702-7635)

A perfect place to read the newspaper in the mornings with a latte.  Perch attracts a professional crowd looking for a quiet space to get some work done.  The gay owners designed the space to maximize natural light, and have fully stocked the tall book shelves with novels and magazines.

A8 (No. 8, Lane 67, Section 3, Heping East Rd; 02 2732 8220)

A8 is gay-idol Chang Hui-Mei’s pet project #2: the doorknob at the entrance carries the mark of Chang’s

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